Over the past two years, the conflict in Yemen has escalated dramatically, and earlier this year, the U.N. labeled Yemen 2018’s worst humanitarian crisis. While the UN has accused both sides of committing war crimes by intentionally targeting civilians, the Saudi-led coalition has caused a majority of the damage, including by blockading ports and preventing aid, oil, and supplies from entering the country. This siege is especially dangerous in a country where more than 50% of hospitals have shut down, and 22.2 million people – or 75% of the population – are reliant on humanitarian aid.
The US government is complicit in these crimes as it continues to sell billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, who then uses them to harm Yemeni civilians. We cannot continue to allow the US to be involved in these war crimes any longer. Enough is enough.
Senate Joint Resolution 54 is a piece of bipartisan legislation introduced by by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT). If enacted, S.J.Res. 54 would end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen. Ultimately, mid-air refueling to coalition aircraft, intelligence sharing, and targeting advice would be officially halted. While coalition airstrikes remain the leading cause of civilian casualties in Yemen, the United States is in an ideal position to end these mass atrocities.
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